Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett speaks during her swearing-in ceremony at the White House in Washington, on Monday. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/The New York Times

Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as a member of the US supreme court at a ceremony at the White House on Monday night, after the US Senate voted by 52-4(...)

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, US president Donald Trump’s nominee for the supreme court, in Washington on October 1st. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

On a winter afternoon in 2018, Judge Amy Coney Barrett rose to speak in Notre Dame Law School’s wood-panelled courtroom and thanked the people gathere(...)

The Supreme Court considered on Wednesday whether Google should have to pay Oracle billions of dollars in a long-running lawsuit over software used on many of the world’s smartphones. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Google faced sceptical questioning from US Supreme Court justices on Wednesday over its claim that code it copied from rival Oracle is not protected b(...)

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. That Biden chose a candidate so evidently symbolising generational change has raised some Democratic hopes that he is resurrecting the winning Obama-Biden combination of 2008 and 2012. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

This week, after the most sedate US presidential campaign in recent memory, due to coronavirus, the 2020 election race suddenly got interesting. On W(...)

Joe Biden  is known for being sometimes warmly, sometimes inappropriately, hands-on with men and women. What Reade accuses him of is a crime and seems completely out of character.  Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

One of my quarantine diversions was revisiting the first season of Mad Men, where women in the workplace were sexual playthings and where a young woma(...)

One study found 11% of couples meet at work, down a third since 1995. Photograph: Getty Images

Love is in the air in the corner office these days, and that’s not a good thing. Over the weekend, Steve Easterbrook of McDonald’s became the fifth U(...)

Former US vice president Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris debate racial issues as Senator Bernie Sanders listens during the second night of the first US Democratic presidential election debate in Miami, last Thursday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

In January, a reporter contacted the nascent Biden campaign to request an interview. She wanted to ask the former US vice president about lingering cr(...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden at a campaign event in Berlin, New Hampshire on Tuesday. Photograph:  Elizabeth Frantz/The New York Times

After two days of intense criticism, Joe Biden reversed his position on Thursday night on one of the issues most important to Democratic voters, sayin(...)

 Joe Biden seems to have the quality that more exciting candidates are said to lack: electability. Photograph: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Who can beat Donald Trump? That, for almost everyone outside his own fan base, is the question. Usually, at this early stage of the US presidential e(...)

US supreme court justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, both appointed by President Donald Trump, arriving for Mr Trump’s State of the Union address in Washington in February 2019.  Photograph:  Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump’s two supreme court appointees went to the same Jesuit high school in the Washington suburbs – at the same time. After atten(...)

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